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[News] Microsoft Takes Its Anti-Linux Agenda to Virtualisation with New Product

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft Takes Its Anti-Linux Agenda to Virtualisation with New Product
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 12:41:57 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Microsoft aims at VMware's virtualization lead

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| Windows accounts for about two-thirds of the market for computer-server 
| operating systems, by shipments, but Microsoft is considered a laggard in 
| virtualization to allow servers to run Linux or Unix operating systems 
| alongside its own software.   


Battle of the free server virtualization tools

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| VMware Server runs on standard 32-bit hardware, although it supports guest 
| machines that are running 64-bit editions of popular operating systems such 
| as Windows, Solaris and Linux. You can do virtual multiprocessing using 
| VMware's Virtual Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) feature, and you can also 
| capture the state of any particular virtual machine and subsequently roll it 
| back at any time. This is useful for testing new features of software or for  
| building baseline test environments.     


Solarflare Demonstrates Line Rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet for Virtual Machines with
XenEnterprise v4 at VMworld



Microsoft flip-flops on Vista virtualization

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| Software like Parallels Desktop for the Mac or Microsoft's own Virtual 
| PC for Windows allow multiple operating systems to run simultaneously. 
| When it announced licensing rules for Vista last year, Microsoft said 
| that only Vista Business and Vista Ultimate could run as guest 
| operating systems. The company said virtualization presents inherent 
| security risks and that it hoped by limiting which versions of the OS 
| could act as virtual machines, only sophisticated users and businesses 
| would employ the tactic.


Microsoft Says No Windows Virtualization on Top of Linux

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| Microsoft will not allow Windows Vista or Windows XP to be virtualized on top 
| of Linux, Sam Ramji, the director of Microsoft's open-source software lab, 
| said at the annual LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here Aug. 7.  


Ubuntu on [Microsoft's] Virtual PC 2007 - No way dude!

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| A number of people have asked me whether it's possible to install
| Linux onto a Virtual PC 2007 virtual machine.  Well, since I had
| an Ubuntu ISO on my desktop I decided to give it a go.
| The short answer is no.  It won't.  I thought that it might but
| my optimism was short-lived.  The graphics are all messed up.


A Software Maker [VMWare] Goes Up Against Microsoft

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| When quizzed on Microsoft's plans, Mr. Ballmer replied, "Our view is
| that virtualization is something that should be built into the
| operating system."


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| The restrictions on virtualization were discussed here a couple of 
| months ago, but now the more people are waking up to the EULA restrictions.
| MS claims it is "necessary for security reasons" and that only the "most 
| technically savvy users, or people in companies with tech support, 
| probably could handle Vista in virtualization programs, while home users 
| should be steered away."


Is need for control behind Microsoft's flip-flop?

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| Meanwhile, Gartner analyst Michael Silver took Microsoft to task 
| for its continued restrictions.
| "Microsoft's policies...come off as a way to gouge customers," Silver 
| said in an e-mail, noting that customers are forced to pay for higher 
| priced editions, even though they don't get many of the benefits, like
|  the Aero user interface, which often won't work in a virtual machine.
| Silver argues that Microsoft is likely leaving money on the table. 
| "Allowing use of lower priced (editions) could even be worth more 
| money to Microsoft as it would likely increase the number of people 
| that would legally run a Microsoft OS in a VM (like on a Mac)," 
| Silver wrote. "Eventually they will have no choice but to make their 
| peace with virtualization."


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